Today's News

  • Potassium is needed by plants

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    As we deal with nutrient management laws and high nitrogen prices, we sometimes lose track of just why we really use fertilizers to produce crops.
    We know we need them because the soil sample results tell us to apply them. We know adequate fertility leads to improved yields, but why? We have spent so much time looking at the negative aspects of fertilizer that I thought it might be enjoyable to look at why a nutrient like potassium is needed by plants.

  • Topping trees causes decline

    Everyone can relate to that feeling of panic after making a cut and realizing you’ve just ruined the shape of your shrub.
    Or perhaps you have ignored a plant’s obvious structure problem because you were afraid or unsure of what pruning action to take.
    I continue to see poor pruning decisions throughout the county. The other day after teaching a class on proper pruning techniques, I came home to a neighbor topping their crape myrtles. Why is this bad?

  • The aroma of roasting chicken thighs, rosemary and oranges

    I am still amazed that I knew almost nothing about chicken thighs until I moved here more than 10 years ago. We ate a lot of chicken breasts and whole chickens, but I always thought the thighs didn’t have much meat on them. Not anymore! Now I can’t get enough of them. I can’t even seem to over-cook them. They always come out juicy and tender.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 1
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Community briefs

    Consumer Showcase set for March 8
    The second annual Coastal Consumer Showcase, “Highlighting the Best in Local Products and Services,” will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the St. James Community Center.
    This event will give residents of the Southport-Oak Island area and Brunswick County a chance to become acquainted with a sample of the variety of products and services area businesses have to offer.

  • Little girls come out for CIS princess ball

    Once upon a time, the prettiest girls and the handsomest men attended a Little Princess Ball. Feb. 4 marked the fourth anniversary of the event, which has become a tradition for families wishing to make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • FORE! KIDZ tourney set for May 19

    The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club is having its 18th Annual FORE! KIDZ golf tournament May 19 at Tiger’s Eye in Ocean Ridge Plantation. Last year’s tournament helped the club raise more than $21,000. These funds support many local community nonprofit programs.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    In the Stableford match Feb. 13 at Brierwood, finishing first at 85 was the team of Paul Salerno, George Edwards, Gary McDaniels and Bernie Gruzlewski. Finishing second at 77 were Bob Nobes, Dennis Shea, Dave Harper and a draw.

  • New and exciting products from the PGA Show

    I love the annual Carolinas PGA Merchandise Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and I make a point of attending each year. Dozens of booths tout the latest in clubs, bags, shirts, shoes, tees, scorecards, trophies, hats, visors, golf art and teaching tools. This is where golf pros and managers and shop owners go to see the merchandise and place their orders for the upcoming season.   
    This year there were more than 140 vendors, slightly up from 2011. Here are some of the more interesting booths I saw.  

  • Character development and golf program offered

    By Kay Patterson
    The First Tee of Brunswick County after-school and Saturday classes began the week of Feb. 27.
    The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience curriculum delivers nine core values, character development and healthy habits through the game of golf. The spring session will last for 12 weeks with after-school and Saturday morning sessions at The Golf Park at Cinghiale Creek, St. James Plantation, Oak Island Golf Club, South Harbour Par 3, Magnolia Greens Golf Club and Olde Fort Golf Club.